Tag Archives: silver dime

Number 50 is another Barber dime

11 Oct

I took Maurice down to Riverside park again today at lunch. I decided to return to an area that appears was a pond at one time. The earliest aerial photo I can find, from 1938, shows that the pond was already dry by then. Anyway, I’ve found a few old coins along the erstwhile bank so I thought I would try again.

Not too long into the hunt, I got a deep squeak and I decided it was worth digging. Around the eight inch mark I pulled this, my fiftieth silver coin of the year.

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It’s another 1899 Barber dime with no mint mark (which means it was minted in Philadelphia). Two things to note here: The coin was laying against rusted iron and the coin was at one time, exposed to water for a considerable time. I thus deduce that this coin was dropped when there was water in the pond. Brilliant, I know.

Before I covered the hole, I scanned it with the pinpointer and I got another hit! Unfortunately, it was a piece of ancient barbed wire (I think) and possibly the piece of rusted iron the dime rested next to.

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I did a cursorily cleaning on the coin and this is the best I can do for now:

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After my mandatory 30 minutes, I called the hunt done:

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The half round object near gave me a stroke. It was at the bottom of a 9 inch deep hole and I thought for sure I had a large cent! Alas, it is a piece of a very oldĀ pocket watch. It is decorated (it is cool how long ago we even decorated pieces that were not meant to be seen) and the holes and pits you see is where this piece fit with the other parts of the watch. The wheat cent is a 1944 and the square nail is the millionth square nail I have found in our city parks. I will never know for sure why there are soooo many square nails in our city parks.

Now, I only need to find another 50 silver coins between today and New Year’s to meet my goal of 100 silver coins for the year.

Thank you for looking!

Another Barber dime and a first for me

7 Oct

I decided to take Maurice to the oldest park in the city for lunch today. I know there is a Seated coin in that park and I aim to find it.

For today however, I must be content with my 6th Barber dime of the year. This dime was barely two inches under the ground, surrounded by trash and iron. Among a cacophony of mid tones and iron signals there was a high, sweet sound, just barely discernible. Alas, my trusty XP Deus never lies (although I often misunderstand it) and out of the ground came this 1899 O Barber dime.

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When I first looked at it at the park, I thought it was a D mint mark. Once I returned to my office and ran some water over it, I could see the slightly misshapen O. I love it! This is my first New Orleans mint mark ever. The mint at New Orleans was active for only a short time and now I got a coin from there.

This is my third silver coin from this park. It is a difficult park but it is loaded with goodies. Besides the silver coins, I’ve found a heavy gold bracelet here plus a number of old nickels including Buffaloes and V’s plus a couple of Indian Head cents. Oh yeah, and a bullet from the 1850’s.

It won’t be long now, before this park gives up its Seated coin to me.

Thank you for looking!

P.S. I forgot to mention that my good friends have a new nickname for me: AlmostASeated. I must say I’ve earned it. LOL!

Just trying to keep up!

6 Oct

After Stevouke found a Seated quarter and lawdog1 found a shield nickel, I went out with the dim hopes of keeping up with those two. Me and Maurice spent an hour scouring the old trashy park and managed to find a measly 1917S Mercury dime:

1917

I tell you, I am happy to find any silver but it would be nice to find a Seated or a Shield nickel!

Thank you for looking!

30 minutes

1 Oct

Since it was a beautiful Fall day, I decided to take Maurice for a Seated coin search to the large park near my job. I have Seated fever now, thanks to my friend Steveouke, who had the audacity to find a Seated quarter the other day (Congrats again Steve!). Unfortunately, I only had 30 minutes or so to spend so I hit the dirt fast and furious(ly).

As it turned out, it was a productive 30 minutes. No, I didn’t find my Seated but I managed to extract a cool 1943 Merc and a 1936 Buffalo nickel from the park. Oh, I found a tiny alien parabolic antena. Ok, it’s either that or an old copper earring.

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So my Seated drought continues for yet another day. I KNOW there is a Seated coin in them parks. I just gotta find it. šŸ™‚

Thank you for looking!

Meanwhile at the ghost town…

22 Sep

I got up early today and quietly exited the church camp. I headed towards a ghost town about 20 minutes away. Ā I was excited to let Maurice sniff me up some goodies from this town of less than 300 people. The town goes back to the turn of the century and I was sure I could find an old coin here.

So, even with a hunt of only 20 minutes, I was able to pull this nice 1923 Mercury dime from there.

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Now, I only hunted a tiny area of an empty lot and didn’t touch the park which looked to be over 100 years old. I will certainly return!

I hurriedly got back to the church camp and made it just in time for breakfast.

Thank you for looking!

So much dirt, so little time

20 Sep

After I tweaked my Deus once again, I decided to go over some of the old sites I’ve covered before. At lunch time, I went to some empty lots that the school district bought for future expansions. The area goes back to the turn of the century so finding old coins is possible there. These lots have and continue to be hunted regularly by others in the city but this, as we all know, means very little.

It wasn’t very long before I got a mixed signal. It was a real mess, but, to the discerning ear, the highs in the signal had that something that told me to investigate. Sure enough, along with a nail and an blob of rusted iron, I found a nice 1919 Merc in the hole:

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I will have to hit these lots heavily next week.

Thank you for looking!

Finally, a hunt!

18 Sep

After a week of no hunting, I finally was able to take Maurice for a spin. For my triumphant return, I chose to hunt my tried and true deep silver park at lunch time yesterday. I selected an area that I have hit numerous times in the past but had not hunted in the last six months or so. Not five minutes into the hunt I got a super sweet signal with a classic silver dime VDI. It is very rare for me to get this kind of signal but I wasn’t about to complaint:

In-Situ

It just warms my heart to see this sight!

1948

Out of the hole came a 1948 Roosevelt dime. Afterwards, Ā I found a pretty piece of old bling (not pictured) and a 1919 wheat cent and nothing else but I went back to work happy.

Thank you for looking!

Stress reliever

23 Aug

With all the other things going on in my life, my detecting time has diminished greatly. I decided however, that 30 minutes of hunting at lunch time was better than no hunting at all so I resumed my lunch hour hunts and after a few days of covering the park where I found the last war nickel my XP Deus Ā hit on two cool coins:

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The first was a 1919 Buffalo nickel. The Buffs I find usually don’t have a visible date but this one does so I will post about it. Ā Because of the all iron nails at this park (don’t know why there are so many), this nickel came up as a square pull tab. The signal was sweet however and I opted to see what it was.

1899

 

The second coin was a well worn 1899 Barber dime. This guy was mixed in with some aluminum foil so the signal was a warble of mid and high tones. Again, the sweetness of the high tones made me dig it.

I think this small park has many, many more coins and I aim to dig them all up. Wish me luck.

Thank you for looking!

Back to silver

29 Jun

I have been trying to make sense of the new software in my Deus metal detector. Honestly, I was beginning to get a little bit frustrated but I knew that it was just a matter of time before things started to make sense. This morning I hit my deep silver park and went over some of the areas I have hunted regularly for two years. Amazingly, I managed to pull some nickels from the 1940’s (no war nickels unfortunately) and then I found this 1939 D Mercurydime:

1939 D

 

A little later, I found a worn Buffalo nickel with no discernable date:

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With the new program I am using, I have been finding nickels at every hunt but I also find a lot of square pull tabs and a lot of beaver tails from the old style pull tabs. I don’t mind however, because I am likely to find gold if I keep digging those signals.

Thank you for looking!

I thought I scratched The One

13 Jun

Went out at lunch time today with my XP Deus metal detector. I returned to my deep silver park safe in the knowledge that there thousands of silver coins there waiting for me to dig them up.

I was working an old creek bank when I got the signal; deep with no VDI but with that unmistakable sweet audio signal. I went down to dig it and run into my old friend dried clay. That’s a BIG problem in this park. As we are in the third day of 100+ temps, the ground is quickly drying up and at this park that means hard as heck clay. So inevitably I scratched the coin in the hole. When I pulled it out my heart sank. I was looking at the reverse of a very worn old silver Mercury dime with what looked to me to be a D for the mint mark:

1918S

The date on the obverse of the coin looked like a 1916 to me. Oh man! Although the nick was very small it was still noticeable. I was bummed. I texted my friend Stevouke and he asked that I send him a picture of the reverse. When I took the picture, I enlarged it on my phone and I could see that the mint mark was in fact an S not a D.

1918reverse

Upon further inspection, I now could see that the date was more like a 1918 or 1919. It’s a keeper alright, just not The One (as Stevo called it). Which makes me feel better. When I do pull that sweet 1916D from the ground, I want it in as pristine condition as I can get it!

Oh, and let me get this off my chest: I shared my settings on my Deus with a guy I’ve never met at one of the forums. I gave him the very same settings that have been getting me all this loot. Well, he tried them and couldn’t find anything but tin cans. So he posted about how I gave him these settings that got him nothing but trash and would someone else please help him set up his Deus properly so he doesn’t waste anymore time digging trash. Ha! the ungrateful rat bastard! It’s alright. I’ve shared my settings with two people; one is a local guy who is pretty cool and then this ***hole. There, it’s off my chest now.

***UPDATE*** The guy has since said that he didn’t mean to insult. After he re-read his own post, he said he could see how I would read it that way***

Thank you for looking (and letting me rant)!